WMC Temporarily Suspends All Club Activities
The WMC has been quick to respond to the ever-changing news of the coronavirus by gathering and sharing information, implementing protocols and guidelines, and supporting our organizers and members. Although the WMC has been proactive in communicating and implementing social-distancing guidelines, some concerns have started to surface. While we adhere (or try very hard to adhere) to these guidelines, incidental contact occurs among us, and there are now a LOT of people recreating in our mountains which has led to the problem of distancing ourselves from others. In addition, we continue to hear news reports that some confirmed cases are asymptomatic. All of this is alarming for our club leadership and our organizers, as the number of coronavirus cases is currently on the rise.
The WMC had already cancelled all of our upcoming social activities. Out of an abundance of caution, the board has now decided it is in the best interest of our members to remove all of the club-approved activities from the calendar for at least the next two weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation, knowing that we may very well be cancelling more. Any organizer who currently has an activity posted beyond that two-week time frame can pro-actively remove that activity if you would like, or ask your activity director to remove the activity.
Members can still use the activity email lists or membership directory to reach out to and coordinate an outdoor activity with another individual or very small group. State and federal agencies are asking that outdoor recreators seek out lesser used areas, and of course adhere to all the social distancing protocols. In this time of uncertainty, further spacing would be advised.
We will continue to keep our members updated, and we welcome any thoughts or suggestions that any of you would like to share. If any member is in need, or aware of someone in need, please reach out to email@example.com. A number of club members have offered their assistance to obtain goods, provide no-contact delivery, run an errand, or whatever might be needed. We’re in this together, and you all have the support of 1,100 club members.
The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest Highlights the WMC Partnerships and Volunteer Service
Check out the January 2020 U.S. Forest Service Newsletter, highlighting the Wasatch Mountain Club https://usfs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=c0264f14843947b28896aa705f3dfc5a
Join the Wasatch Mountain Club!
Become a member of the WMC as we launch our second century as custodians of our environment here in the Wasatch Front, and as active participants in backcountry skiing, backpacking, camping, canoeing, conservation pursuits, canyoneering, climbing, hiking, kayaking, mountaineering, mountain biking, river rafting, road biking, socializing, snowshoeing, and multi-day adventures. If you haven’t already done so, please consider joining us at a club activity. Many of our activities are open to non-members, and our schedule is available on our website, www.wasatchmountainclub.org, as well as via our monthly publication, The Rambler, (issues go back to 1922). Check out a brief description of our history and purpose. Our annual membership dues are quite reasonable (some would say ridiculously low), so membership is not really a cost of admission to participate in an activity. WMC membership commits to a larger purpose of supporting our organized outdoor recreation community and local conservation pursuits. It's easy to join us, and you can be part of a history that has come to define what makes living and playing in Utah so unique.
The Wasatch Mountain Club Centennial
In 2020, the WMC turns 100! We are planning a year of celebration, and there are so many ways you can participate!
- Attend a Centennial Celebration. Key Centennial Dates (PDF) lists monthly centennial activities planned throughout the year. Key dates to mark your calendar: January 27th (The Centennial Kick-Off at the Capitol Rotunda), May 13th (the formal organization date celebration, Red Butte Gardens Orangerie), and December 5 (Closing Event/Christmas Party, Alf Engen Ski Museum, Olympic Park).
- Donate to the Centennial Education Endowment. The WMC is creating a lasting legacy by establishing a permanent Education Endowment at the U of U. To learn more about the endowment and donate visit Centennial Education Endowment (PDF).
- Be a sponsor. Centennial Sponsor Levels (PDF) lists the levels of sponsorship available to support our Key Centennial Dates.
- Purchase centennial merchandise from our Centennial Store.
- Advertise in the Rambler. Our goal is to produce a color Rambler each month throughout the Centennial. If you have a business, or know of a business, that would like to reach not only our 1,000 members, but hundreds of prospective members, consider a Rambler ad. All ad revenue goes directly to support the Rambler publication costs. Visit Centennial Advertising Opportunities (PDF) to learn more.
- Encourage a business owner you know to become a sponsor or to advertise in the Rambler.
The UofU Ski Archives Honors the WMC with 2019 History Maker Award
Each year the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library holds the Ski Affair, a fundraising event for the library’s Utah Ski Archives, the largest archive of its kind, which is dedicated to the history of ski and snow sports in the Intermountain Region. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 at the Ski Affair, the U’s Marriott Library presented the History Maker Award to the Wasatch Mountain Club. https://unews.utah.edu/university-of-utah-library-honors-wasatch-mountain-club-utah-ski-legend-alan-engen-at-ski-gala/ To view the wonderful video they created of the the WMC's history click this link https://www.wasatchmountainclub.org/docs/history-maker-award-video-of-wmc-history.mp4